1987-1992 – Student of Biotechnology at the “St. Kliment Ochridsky” University of Sofia
1992 – MS degree in gene and cell engineering with the thesis “Analysis of the Poliovirus genome using recombinant DNA techniques”
1993 – International Course “Techniques in Molecular Biology”, Institute “Pasteur, Bucharest, Romania
1995 – The Fourth Central European Summer School of Immunology”, Prague, Czech Republic
2000 – Course “Self tolerance and self recognition”, Sinaia, Romania
2002 – Defended Ph.D. thesis “Engineered and genetically engineered chimeric molecules as antigens”
2007-present – Personal Investigator at the Laboratory of Experimental Immunology in the Institute of Microbiology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2014-present – Co-president of the Department of Immunology at the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria, official EFIS affiliated organization in Bulgaria
1992-1998: Staff Scientist, Research and Development Group, Department for Bacterial Vaccines, National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Sofia.
1.Improvement of semisynthetic media for cultivation of C.diphtheria in a fermentor.
2.Isolation, purification and standardization of diphtheria toxins and toxoids, obtained after cultivation using different types of media.
- Investigation of theimmunochemical,chemical and physical methods for the control and analysis of polybacterial immunostimulators.
1996-1997: Visiting scientist, Laboratory “Experimental immunology”, University of Utrecht, Holland , Copernicus Contract CIPA CT 94-0152 “Genetically Engineered Vaccines”
1999-up to now: Research fellow in the Department of Immunology, The Stefan Angelov Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria – “Isolation and characterization of natural autoantibodies in healthy individuals” and “Engineered and genetically engineered chimeric molecules as antigens”
03-06.2003: Visiting scientist, Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, “Reestablishing tolerance to DNA in murine models of lupus”
2004 – 2010: Visiting scientist, Department of Immunology, Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary, “Human models of lupus” and“DNA vaccine therapy”
2009: Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology, Institute of Microbiology, BAS.
2011: Visiting Professor – University of Nis, Serbia.
Autoimmune disorders: SLE
Protein and genetic engineering: Chimeric molecules and constructs
New vaccine design: adjuvants and DNA-vaccines
Animal models of human diseases